2009 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS) 2017-10-23T23:41:49+00:00

Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS)

2009 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS)

The 2009 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium was held on March 23-27, 2009 in Washington, DC. The goals of the MGLS were to: (1) provide a forum for recent Ph.D. graduates to present their research to peers and others in the scientific community; (2) identify and discuss areas of research that benefit from an interdisciplinary perspective; (3) develop long-lasting collaborative relationships among a cohort of young scientists; (4) provide proposal preparation training; and (5) provide a broader perspective on science policy and science funding.

Through exposure to skills that extend beyond the classroom and laboratory, the 25 early career researchers who participated in this symposium gained some of the expertise needed to serve as successful leaders and representatives of the scientific community in the years to come.

Juliet Biggs Juliet Biggs
University of Miami
Margaret Boettcher Margaret Boettcher
University of New Hampshire
Julie Bowles Julie Bowles
University of Minnesota
Alex Bradley Alexander Bradley
Harvard University
Samantha Burgess Samantha Burgess
University of Oxford
Jason Chaytor Jason Chaytor
U.S. Geological Survey
USGS Woods Hole Science Center
Anna Courtier Anna Courtier
James Madison University
Tim Crone Tim Crone
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Petra Dekens Petra Dekens
San Francisco State University
David Dolenc David Dolenc
University of Minnesota
William Gilhooly Bill Gilhooly
Washington University
Trish Gregg Trish Gregg
Oregon State University
Kristin Ludwig Kristin Ludwig
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Kathryn Matthews Kathryn Matthews
Science Fellow at the State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation
Ryan Moyer Ryan Moyer
U.S. Geological Survey
Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
Adrienne Oakley Adrienne Oakley
University of Hawaii at Manoa
phillips Kathleen Phillips
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Ames Research Center
roark Brendan Roark
Texas A&M University
rodrigues Lisa Rodrigues
Villanova University
tiwari Manish Tiwari
National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research
tominaga Masako Tominaga
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
townsend Amy Townsend-Small
University of Cincinnati
vanlaningham Samuel VanLaningham
University of Alaska Fairbanks
warren Jessica Warren
Carnegie Institution of Washington
whittaker Joanne Whittaker
Sydney, Australia
Robin Bell

Dr. Robin E. Bell is the Director of the ADVANCE program at the Earth Institute. She is also a Doherty Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where she directs major research programs on the Hudson River and Antarctica. Presently she is chair of the National Academy of the Sciences Polar Research Board and Vice Chair of the International Planning Group for the International Polar Year.

Donna Blackman

Dr. Donna Blackman is a senior lecturer at the University of California, San Diego and the current chair of RIDGE 2000. She has an extensive background in seagoing geology and geophysics, which she put to use as co-chief scientist on four investigations of the Atlantis Massif over the past ten years, with the most recent being IODP Expeditions 304/305.  With a Ph.D from Brown University, Blackman has shared also her knowledge as an Ocean Leadership Distinguished Lecturer.

ClementBrad Clement

Dr. Brad Clement, professor of geology and chairman at Florida International University, is a long-time participant in ocean drilling.  Clement has sailed on four legs of the ODP and DSDP, acted as associate director of NSF’s Ocean Drilling Program, and currently serves as a member and future chair of USAC.  His research focuses on the polarity reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field, as well as Caribbean tectonics and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic minerals at high pressure.

Cindy Ebinger

Dr. Cindy Ebinger is a professor at both the University of Rochester and the Royal Holloway, University of London. Her primary expertise is in the linkage between structural geology and applied geophysics, including seismicity, plate flexure, and geodetic data and has interests in the process of continental rifting leading to rupture and the formation of new oceanic lithosphere.

Ian MacGregor

Dr. Ian MacGregor’s research interests focus on understanding mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of upper mantle using field and experimental approaches. Recent research includes development of geothermometers and geobarometers for mantle samples in the spinel peridotite stability field. He is currently working in science education as science consultant to National Science Resources Center, Smithsonian Institution on development of K -12 science curricula.

Marcia McNutt

Dr. Marcia McNutt is currently president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and a professor of geophysics at the Stanford University. McNutt’s research ranges from studies of ocean island volcanism in French Polynesia to continental break-up in the Western U.S. to uplift of the Tibet Plateau. She has participated in 15 major oceanographic expeditions, and served as chief scientist on more than half of those voyages. She has published 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Catherine O’Riordan

Dr. Catherine O’Riordan was recently named the Vice President of Physics Resources at the American Institute of Phyics. She has served as Director of the U.S. Science Support Program and as a manager of various society programs at the American Geophysical Union.  O’Riordan’s research interests are in physical/biological interactions in the marine environment.


Funding Sources Beyond NSF: Discussed funding sources beyond NSF, best proposal practices, and common grant writing mistakes.

  • Reginald Beach, Ocean Exploration Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Tom Drake, Office of Naval Research
  • Dean Dunn, Petroleum Research Fund, American Chemical Society

International Collaborations: Presented resources available to help researchers participate in international science.

  • Tom Wagner, Cryospheric Sciences Program,  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Norman Neureiter, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Liz Tirpak, U.S.  Department of State

Science and Congress: Explored how decisions that affect science directions are made in Congress and how scientists can communicate with policymakers.

  • David Goldston, Princeton University
  • Stuart Levenbach, White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Chad English, Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea

Steering Science Policy: Explored how scientific societies and scientific non-profits can steer science policy and contribute to national debate.

  • Susan Roberts, The National Academies, Ocean Studies Board
  • Catherine O’Riordan, American Institute of Physics
  • Nacey Colleton, Alliance for Earth Observations
  • Joanne Carney, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Communicating with the Press: Answered questions related to speaking with the reporters and working with the press offices.

  • Nils Bruzelius, The Washington Post
  • Harvey Leifert, Nature
  • Matthew Nisbet, School of Communication, American University

Working with Museums: Discussed how scientists can work with museums and other public venues to translate science for the public.

  • Brian Huber, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian
  • Sapna Batish, Koshland Science Museum
  • Paula Schaedlich, National Aquarium in Baltimore


Science Communication for a Variety of Audiences
Cheryl Wojciechowski, CUBRC, Center for International Science and Technology

Incorporating Leadership Efforts in your Marine Geoscience Research
Donna Blackman, University of California, Davis

Setting Yourself Up for Your Dream Job: The Eleven Point Plan
Marcia McNutt, Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Being Strategic: Research Productivity and Recognition
Robin E. Bell, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Introduction to Science Funding
Catherine O’Riordan, American Institute of Physics